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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fuentes stuns Villans stars

BOHEMIANS earned an impressive 2-1 friendly victory over English Premier League side Aston Villa at Dalymount Park yesterday as trialist Enzo Fuentes grabbed an 80th-minute winner.

The 17-year-old striker from Paris came on as a second-half substitute for Jason Byrne and stunned a star-studded Villa side full of household names with a sensational finish 10 minutes from the end.

The game looked to be heading for a draw after another second-half substitute, Norwegian international John Carew, had cancelled out Conor Powell's first-half opener on the hour.

Martin O'Neill named a host of stars, but it was Bohs who grabbed an early lead.

Brad Friedel's miss-kick in an attempt to clear Byrne's through ball for Aaron Greene saw Powell lob a delicate effort into an empty net from the edge of the area on 20 minutes.

Bohemians: C O'Connor; M Doherty (J Dwane 90), C Powell, R Higgins, J McGuinness, K Oman (Y Haro 67), M Quigley (Burke 86), G Dempsey (G Cronin 75), A Greene (P Madden h-t), J Byrne (Enzo 60), L Dixon (K Brennan ht)

Aston Villa: B Friedel; E Lichaj (H Beye h-t), C Clark (C Cuellar h-t), R Dunne, S Downing (B Bannan 70), A Young, G Agbonlahor (J Carew h-t), M Albrighton, S Petrov (J Hogg 79); N Reo-Coker (I Osbourne 65), N Shorey

Referee: N Doyle

Menezes bags Brazilian job

Mano Menezes has been confirmed as the new Brazil coach, the Confederation of Brazilian Football have announced.

Corinthians boss Menezes was invited to coach the five-time world champions after Muricy Ramalho earlier snubbed an approach by the CBF due to his commitments at Fluminense.

And the confederation confirmed yesterday afternoon that Menezes had agreed to steer Brazil in the World Cup in 2014 on home soil.

"Mano Menezes is the new coach of the Brazil national team," a statement on the CBF website read.

"The professional will have the opportunity to register his name in the history of great winners if they achieve the feat that successive generations will not be able to witness: being six-time World Cup champions in Brazil."

Rossi helps see off Athlone

Villarreal opened their brief Irish tour with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Athlone Town.

The visitors opened the scoring midway through the first half when former Manchester United player Giuseppe Rossi sent Michael Schlingermann the wrong way with a spot-kick after Paddy Collins had upended Hernan Perez.

A number of good saves from Schlingermann kept the score at 1-0 until the break, while Kevin Williamson had the best chance for Athlone after 35 minutes, but fired over.

The La Liga outfit had a new team out for the second half, and just after the hour mark they made it two when David Fuster scored direct from a free-kick on the left edge of the penalty area.

Cani then hit the post, but the Spaniards made it three when Fuster fired to the net from outside the box with 10 minutes left.

Reds fall to Kaiserslautern

New signing Milan Jovanovic made a 45-minute debut for Liverpool as a largely inexperienced reserve side lost 1-0 to Kaiserslautern in Germany yesterday.

The Serbia forward, brought in on a free transfer from Standard Liege, played the first 45 minutes before he was withdrawn by manager Roy Hodgson.

By that time the Reds were behind, courtesy of Ilian Micanski's close-range tap-in. Jovanovic was one of only two members of the squad who had played at the World Cup, the other being defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who lasted 77 minutes.

Mancini keen to keep Bridge

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has reassured left-back Wayne Bridge he still has a future at Eastlands despite the arrival of direct competition in the form of Aleksandr Kolarov.

The Serbia defender, who has reportedly cost City £19m has signed what is understood to be a five-year deal after completing his medical.

Even before the Lazio defender's arrival Bridge was being linked with a move away from the club. But Mancini said he was trying to build a stronger squad and was not looking to offload players.

"I want two top-class players for each position," said the Italian. "I first saw Kolarov in his Lazio debut back in 2007. I am looking forward to working with him."

Carvalho eyes Real switch

Ricardo Carvalho has revealed he has an agreement with Chelsea that will see him leave Stamford Bridge this summer and has issued a 'come and get me' plea to former boss Jose Mourinho.

Carvalho followed Mourinho to Chelsea in 2004, after winning the Champions League with him at Porto, and is now desperate to be reunited with him at Real Madrid.

"If there was a possibility to sign for Madrid, I would go there right now swimming or running," Carvalho said. "Chelsea have a commitment with me to let me go this summer, for reasons which those responsible at the club and I know.

"It would be a dream to be able to play for Madrid."

Reports suggest Chelsea would agree to release Carvalho for a cut-price €6m.

Sunday Independent

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